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Two Original Series Centered On Latino Stories Are Being Developed By Gina Rodriguez’s Production Company For CBS And The CW

According to Deadline, Gina Rodriguez will be bringing several series about immigration and the Latino experience to CBS and the CW. Announced the same week that DACA was rescinded, it certainly was a bit of good news to learn that more Latino stories could be coming to TV. Rodriguez will be executive producing the shows, which is a big deal, as many have pointed out that producing, directing and having “above the line” jobs are what will begin to make a difference in bringing more Latino characters, actors, and stories to the forefront. The shows will go into development, which means they will have to advance through several phases before they are finally greenlit to air on TV.

Gina Rodriguez revealed via her Twitter account that she’ll be bringing Latino and immigrant stories to the screen.

One of the shows is “Illegal,” based on the life experiences of writer and co-executive producer Rafael Agustin.

Deadline describes Agustín’s story:

“The Ecuador-born Agustin grew up in America, and it was not until high school when he learned that, like his parents, he was undocumented. “Illegal” is described as a light one-hour about sixteen year old Rafael. He is a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty. But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect Honor Roll world is turned upside down.”

Rodriguez’s production company is also working on a medical drama titled “Have Mercy.”

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The show will be written and executive produced by Dailyn Rodriguez, the executive producer of “Queen of The South.” Deadline outlines the show:

“Have Mercy centers around a Latina doctor unable to practice when she immigrates to Miami who begins work as a nurse’s assistant, but risks everything when she opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community.”

Her production company “I Can & I Will Productions” will also be working on a series adaptation of the Steve Martin film “L.A. Story.”

Now, all we need to find out is who will be cast in these projects? We have a sneaking suspicion about one actress…

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

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‘Jane The Virgin’ Star Gets Hit With More Backlash After Using The N-Word On Instagram

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Somebody get the shovel out of Gina Rodriguez’s hands because she officially went there with anti-black sentiments and said the N-word. Cue tear and the moment she dusts off her Afro-Latina card to excuse herself from backlash.

The former star of CW’s ‘Jane The Virgin’ has been ruffling feathers in the Black Twitter community for a while. Criticism of Rodriguez and her approach to speaking about and to the Black community goes all of the way back to 2017 when the actress criticized “Black Panther” for its lack of Latino inclusion. During a 2018 press junket, the Puerto Rican actress attempted to “All Lives Matter” actress Yara Shahidi when she was asked about being a role model for black girls When the actress tried once again to. Then, this year the actress was slammed not once by twice within a matter of months after she falsely stated that Latinas are paid less than any other race in Hollywood and then cried during a radio interview and essentially accused the Black community of being too hard on her while also using her father, who she claims is Afro-Latino, as an excuse for not being anti-Black.

Now the actress is facing backlash after posting a video of herself using the N-word while singing.

On Tuesday, Rodriguez posted a video of herself singing along to “Ready or Not” by the Fugees to her Instagram stories.

“Voodoo, I could do what you do, believe me,” Rodriguez sang in the video, “N***** give me heebie-jeebies.” The video stayed up on her stories for before it was taken down. Later the actress apologized for her use of words saying in another story that she was sorry for singing along to the lyrics, which doesn’t really address the true issue.

“Hey what’s up everybody I just wanted to reach out and apologize. I am sorry I am sorry if I offended anyone by singing along to the Fugees to a song that I love that I grew up on. I love Lauren Hill and I’m really sorry if I offended you,” she said.

Many have speculated that Rodriguez thought because she was singing a lyrics she could get away with using the derogatory term.

Others have accused the actress of being flip with her apology.

Nevertheless, Rodriguez’s reaction to backlash is pretty on-brand for her previous anti-Black sentiments.

Disney+ Is Putting A Cuban-American Woman In The White House With New Series, ‘Diary Of A Female President’

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Disney+ Is Putting A Cuban-American Woman In The White House With New Series, ‘Diary Of A Female President’

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It’s only been a few days since it was announced that “Diary of a Female President” would be airing on Disney+, and we still can’t get over how awesome the show’s gonna be. Wait, you don’t know what we’re talking about? Well, sit down and strap yourself in babes, because we’ve got a television series coming out that depicts a Cuban-American girl who ends up becoming the President of the United States. Awesome, right?

Tell me more!

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Starring Tess Romero and Gina Rodriguez, “Diary of a Female President” is a ten-episode comedy that depicts 12-year-old Elena as she navigates the trials and tribulations of middle school – and reflects on her destiny to become the President of the United States. While there aren’t many specifics out about the program, it’s clear that the show will be heavily influenced by the diverse cast and writers. Ilana Peña, the head writer and producer for the show, shared her excitement about “Diary of a Female President” last weekend, saying, “It’s based on my childhood, and it really feels like this show is my heart … I love that it’s getting told now and to see it come to life in such a magical way with our amazing cast and crew.”

Ok, so when can I start binge watching this show?!

The only thing that’s got us reeling is that the show’s not available to be viewed, as of yet. It’s set to air on Disney+, a new subscription channel that’s not unlike Netflix. Unfortunately, Disney+ is yet to be launched – we’ve gotta wait until November 12 before we can subscribe to it. And “Diary of a Female President?” It’ll arrive to the channel sometime in 2020. In the meantime, though, watch this space!

Okay, but is there gonna be anything else worth watching on Disney+?

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Well, it’s Disney, so of course there’ll be plenty to watch on their new channel. Apparently the new service is going to host over 7,000 television episodes, and about 400 to 500 movies! “The Mandalorian” is another live-action instalment being added to the Star Wars franchise. And, as you probably guessed, it’ll be available on Disney+. Why do we care about “The Mandalorian?” Because our fave Dornish prince from “Game of Thrones,” Pedro Pascal, is starring in it! It’s not hard to be keen for some drop-dead gorgeous Latino eye-candy, even if he is bounty-hunting his way across the universe.

I mean, they’re gonna have Pedro Pascal. Say. No. More.

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We’re probably letting our Star Wars nerd flag fly a bit much now, but there’s another Latino-led show that you need to know about. Diego Luna will be starring in a series that focuses on his Star Wars character, Cassian Andor. And, for those of you who loved Anthony Mackie as the Falcon in the Marvel universe, well, he’ll be reprising his role for the TV series “Falcon and the Winter Soldier.” At the end of the day, you’re not going to be starved for good content once November hits.

It’s pretty fantastic that we’re getting some diversity on screen. 

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It’s not just fantastic that we’re getting some diversity on screen – it’s also super important. See, the thing is that diversity isn’t just a PC catchphrase, it’s tied in deeply with theories around how the media we consume influences the way we think. What we watch on TV shapes how we think about norms. A norm is something we consider “normal,” and we might not really think too deeply about why we consider something a norm. For example, a simple social norm we practice is that we usually face the door when we stand in an elevator. Another less-simple example of a norm is that, depending on how people of color are represented on screen – or not represented at all – shapes the expectations we have of them.

Diversity on-screen is important for POC but also…white people?

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Ultimately, having diversity on screen is vital not only for people of color to see someone like them on screen navigating the trials and tribulations of a narrative – it’s also important for, dare we say it, white people, to see it too. It renegotiates the expectations and norms when it comes to people of color. This is, essentially, a vehicle for change in today’s politically conservative environment. And since Disney+ is set to launch worldwide, this means that Disney is facilitating this process on a global scale. Bueno.

Anyway, next time someone wants to quiz you on why diversity is so important, you’ve got a straightforward way of explaining it to them. And, of course, you can make your love of Disney and its new offering sound super intellectual. Pop culture dissection and all that, right?